CARLISLE, Pa. – The Ursinus College men's swimming team opened Centennial Conference play with a 123-81 victory at Dickinson on Saturday.
Jacob Menzer was sensational for the Bears (2-0, 1-0), winning two individual races and tying for top prize in another. The junior star easily touched first in the 500 free (4:54.97) and the 1000 free (10:12.25) to help Ursinus top Dickinson in its conference lid-lifter for the third straight season.
Menzer followed with his 1000 free triumph. After junior Jared Krawetz and senior Daniel Becker finished second and third in the 200 free, freshman Daniel Mueser spearheaded a 1-2-3 podium sweep on the 50 free. The rookie's time of 22.07 would have been the Bears' third-best mark all of last season. Fellow freshman Ryan Carkhuff (22.37) and senior Travis Venables (22.50) rounded out the top three.
Next came a uniquely dramatic race in the 200 IM, which featured an incredible two ties. Menzer touched at the same time as Dickinson's Ben Shapiro, splitting first place with a clocking of 2:00.06. Prior, remarkably, was tied for third place with Will Freeman at 2:01.32.
Prior came back shortly after that to win the 200 back in 1:58.77, and Menzer polished off his day with a victory in the 500 free.
The Bears closed out the afternoon on a high note as Venables, Krawetz, Mueser, and Carkhuff won the 400 free relay in 3:16.20.
The Bears welcome Swarthmore to Elliott Pool for their home opener next Saturday, November 3.